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In just a few short hours, I will be glued to my television rooting for my home team — The Kansas City Royals. It has been 29 years since we last graced the World Series, and I’ll admit it has been hard to be patient as our Royals have regrouped over three decades.

But this season has been different. It has been about believing, and some serious scrappiness. As I have reflected on the impact of our home teams success, it’s made me realize a lot about what I love and what I don’t about our society today.

I love the common man. I get easily fed up with superstars. I am annoyed by the money we throw at the quarterback with the winningest percentage, the slugger, or the slam-dunker, time after time. The cult of celebrity just doesn’t do it for me — I much prefer a good comeback story and the success of the underdog.

I love the unexpected wins of the ’80 US Olympic Hockey team and the small market success of our hometown soccer team Sporting KC. This October, with seven or less games to end the 2014 season, the Kansas City Royals are a tribute to what I love most in sports, in business, and in life.

Here’s why:

These guys have fun! They seem to enjoy themselves immensely on the field. Baseball is an incredible game, but it is after all a game, and a game is always best when the players are enjoying themselves. It’s easy of course for winners to have fun, but even in the moments when victory isn’t certain, the Royals seem to relish the opportunity to give it their best.

They are “in the moment” like a hawk honing in on its prey. Instead of coasting on previous success or letting past slip-ups drag them down, they take on each moment as it comes and react with incredible quickness and skill. Their play reminds me that life lived in the moment creates a world of possibility that is otherwise absent, outside the joy of the present.

Their success brings a community together. Whether in attendance at Kauffman Stadium or watching the game from home, the Royals winning streak has rallied friends and strangers towards a common cause – supporting our team. With each successive win, the roar of the crowd, the honking of horns, and the fireworks bursting overhead are a visceral reminder of a city’s shared identity and pride.

They play as a team. One could claim that all these Royals are “HEROES.” But when you get to the basic definition of a “hero,” it is a fixed state, suggesting a past and a future of being a hero. The term is usually used for a single person… not a team. Yet the incredible team play exhibited during the Royals eight game post-season winning streak is testimony to a shared heroism. Every player has had moments of greatness or made contributions from within that catapulted the team to their next achievement. Each success happened in a focused moment of glory, not overshadowed by one player or a monumental paycheck that so outweighs their fellow players as to suggest that there are only one or two “heroes” on the field.

The difference in this play and this team at this moment is that they each perform “heroic acts.” Their individual contributions entwine to create a miraculous whole. Each player rises to heroic proportions without stripping the others of their natural right to do the same. Heroic acts are verbs, not nouns. They are fluid, moving, and in the moment — a testament to what they do, not who they are.

The success of the Royals this season awakens in us the possibility of doing our part. Each of us can perform heroic acts; in work, at home, or as citizens of this great country and sojourners on this planet. Don’t wait for a hero to save the day, see all the heroic acts that are around you every day. Open yourself to the possibility that you too, are a verb, and fully present, alert, both inspired and inspiring – it is here that heroic acts abound.

Tweet me your thoughts about heroism (or your reactions to the game!) @Ace_Wagner.